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Monday morning engine-starter: Jeremiah Wright, racial phrenologist

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By Michelle Malkin  •  April 28, 2008 07:04 AM

Good morning, people. I’ll be on Fox and Friends at around 8:15am to talk politics. Today’s engine-starter is The American Digest’s post on Jeremiah Wright’s racial brain theories.

Do you remember nutball racialist professor Leonard (Blacks are “sun people,” whites are “ice people.”) Jeffries?

Jeremiah Wright is the Leonard Jeffries of 2008.

First, watch this:

I’ll transcribe later this morning. (Update: Full transcript is here.)

Gerard Van der Leun roasts Wright:

“Different is not deficient.” It would seem there is a profound difference between the black brain and other brains after all. At least according to Reverend Wright. According to this shining exemplar of Barack Obama and the deep scholarship of black liberation theology, black people are right-brained and white people are left-brained. Asian people don’t make the discussion since that would be, well, unfortunate.

If you’re like me you’ve probably been wandering about the world babbling something about racial equality in America that affirms, “There are no differences except differences of degree between different degrees of difference and no difference.” You could also say, “All men are created equal.” How left-brained of you.

Now comes Reverend James Wright to set us all straight. He notes in passing that the right-brain of black people is somehow descended from the griots of Africa. The griots were people who could remember long, very long, poems; proto-rappers if you will. White people had something like that too, but then they invented … writing. Or was it the Asians? I forget since, alas, my griot genes are slim to none.

As I noted yesterday, Wright acted out the differences between black and white marching bands. Jake Tapper mentioned it parenthetically:

“Africans have a different meter, and Africans have a different tonality,” he said. Europeans have seven tones, Africans have five. White people clap differently than black people. “Africans and African-Americans are right-brained, subject-oriented in their learning style,” he said. “They have a different way of learning. And so on.

If he’s this comfortable mocking black/white differences in front of media cameras, I can only imagine what he says in private to his faithful black liberation ideology adherents.

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Question: If “white people clap differently than black people,” how does Barack Obama clap?

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Double standards, anyone?

Ed Morrissey recalls the firestorm the authors of “The Bell Curve” faced.

– Commenter crashemt writes: “Does this mean we need to apologize to Jimmy the Greek, who pointed out differences in physiology based on evolutionary upbringing?”

– Noting Wright’s expert opinion that Europeans have seven tones and Africans have five, commenter rbb answers my question about how Barack Obama claps: “Six?”

Har.

My liveblog of Wright’s National Press Club rant is here.

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VDH:

Wright’s speech on black-right brainers, white-left brainers — replete with bogus stereotypes and crude voice imitations — was about as racist as they come and at one time antithetical to what the NAACP was once all about. Again, the Obama campaign and its appendages have set back racial relations a generation. Just ten years ago, any candidate, black or white, would have rejected Wright making a speech about genetic differences in respective black and white brains. Now it’s given to civil rights organizations by the possible next President’s pastor and spiritual advisor — and done to wild applause for an organization founded on the idea that we are innately the same, while being gushed over by ignorant “commentators.”

Blogger FutureMD calls Wright the new Rich Little and observes:

His negation that black people are not different (which, he suggests, is whitey short-hand for “deficient” — a topic he touched on in the Moyers interview), and then going into a long discourse on how genetically superior black people are, was just for starters.

It became too much for me when he did his John F. Kennedy impersonation (to call it mocking wouldn’t be amiss)…saying that no one criticised he and his brother, “Ed”, for having accents, but they do black kids.

I can’t believe anyone with an undamaged prefrontal cortex would suggest that poor grammar/syntax and regional accents are one and the same.

JFK asked not, not axed not…in fact, neither does Senator Obama and that’s why he’s successfully running for President.

Highlights of Wright’s white/black performance in Detroit in case you missed them:

UPDATE (See-Dubya): Hmmmmm…has Cuffy found the Ragin’ Rev’s ghost writer?

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